place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
GOODRICH SCHOOL PRESENT JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Goodrich School PTFA have been working tirelessly over the
past few months on this year's seasonal pantomime, Jack
and the Beanstalk which is being performed from today, Wednesday,
26th until Saturday, 29th January at Godric Hall, Goodrich.
Advanced ticket sales for this traditionally popular event
are proving exceptional with the Friday performance and
the two on Saturday selling out within two days of their
release last week.
George Banks-Martin and Fiona Howe have brought together
a cast combining more experienced thespians with newer parents;
as well as directly involving pupils in the cast for the
very first time. As ever, the scenery, costume, props, lighting
and musical crews have produced a stage fitting for a show
of overwhelming hilarity and drama that continues a long
line of Goodrich School's panto traditions. Do go along
to see it if you can!
are still available for the Wednesday and Thursday shows
either directly from Goodrich School, 'Jollys', the Village
Shop or from 'Ye Hostelrie'.
talented cast of Jack and the Beanstalk.
PHASE ONE OF LIBRARY REFURB NEARS COMPLETIONY.....
The first phase of Herefordshire Council's project to bring
Ross library and customer services together on one site
in the town is nearing completion.
part of the £500,000 scheme at the current library site
in Cantilupe Road, the first phase includes the installation
of customer services facilities so staff can transfer to
the site from their existing base at Swan House. New customer
services will be delivered from the site from Monday, 28th
February. Work will then start on the second phase of the
involves much more structural work in the main library area,
including installation of a ramp so the building complies
with the Disability Discrimination Act, works to the front
counter, creating the Dennis Potter exhibition space, staff
offices, work areas and a lift. During the second phase,
due to be completed by early May, library and customer service
opening hours may have to be altered to allow for Monday
opening of the library and Saturday opening of customer
Adrian Blackshaw of Herefordshire Council said, 'I would
like to thank all library users for bearing with us while
this work is being carried out but am sure residents will
be delighted with the end result. In designing the new facility,
we have taken on board comments from both members of the
public and staff. Ross library is one of our most popular
with some 12,000 visitors every month and I hope people
will continue to support the facility as well as customers
using our Info centre.'
TEMPORARY LIBRARY CLOSURES....................
of the county's libraries will close for part of the day
on Wednesday, 2nd February to allow staff to take part in
a planning session for the library service. Herefordshire
Council is currently developing a strategy for the library
service and its staff have an important role to play in
Library Officer, Jon Chedgzoy said, 'We are developing our
strategy and it is vital that staff have an opportunity
to contribute to this. We don't close our libraries lightly
but this was too important a moment to miss and the only
way to ensure all staff have an opportunity to contribute.'
and Kington libraries will be open for the usual times on
the 2nd but of those other libraries which are usually open
on a Wednesday, Colwall, Hereford and Ledbury will not open
until 2.30pm while Ross and Leominster libraries will open
FEATHERED FUN IN HIGH TOWN.....................
you are looking for some family friendly fun, then head
High Town this weekend for a free range of activities suitable
for all ages. The RSPB is promoting the world's biggest
ever wildlife survey, the Big Garden Birdwatch and invites
you to go along and get involved.
celebrate this annual event, and to raise awareness of the
issues facing garden birds during the cold weather, the
RSPB is hosting a weekend of fun and activities between
10am and 4pm, on Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th January.
The activities will include making dragonflies and wildlife
masks, creating bird feeders and other wildlife craft activities.
All the activities are free of charge and open to all. The
RSPB will also have a separate marquee hosting their mobile
gift shop and an opportunity for people to support the charity.
Town, the RSPB's Membership Development Officer said, 'Big
Garden Birdwatch is great for the whole family. By giving
up just one hour over the weekend, you can make a real difference
to the knowledge of garden birds; which are doing well and
which need help. Past surveys have enabled the RSPB to identify
the cause of certain birds' decline as well as steps you
can take to help them recover. Last year the house sparrow
topped the chart in Herefordshire gardens, come into Hereford,
on the 29th or 30th and visit us to find out how you can
JESSE SLAMS PUTSON TESCO IN COMMONS DEBATE ....
MP Jesse Norman, speaking on the Localism Bill in Parliament,
has cited the forthcoming Tesco on Holme Lacy Road as a
'perfect example' of abuse of the current planning system.
campaign to stop the Putson store going ahead, involving
Jesse and local councillors Chris Chappell, Ursula Attfield
and Aubrey Oliver, has failed because of a legal loophole.
Because both pubs and supermarkets are zoned as B2, no change
of use consent was required under the current planning rules
to turn the Gamecock into a supermarket.
took a stand against the development early on, first writing
to Tesco Chief Executive, Sir Terry Leahy back in September
2010, and is well known for his work running the county
wide 'Support Our Small Shops' campaign to promote small
Tesco,' said Jesse, 'will seriously damage small local shops
like Stokes and Greenflynns, and turns what could have been
a community asset into yet another national chain store.
It is hugely disappointing. Under the new Localism Bill
this development should be much harder to push through against
the strong wishes of local people. Communities will have
the right to put forward bids to take over assets of community
value like pubs if they come up for sale. But sadly the
new Bill has come too late to save the Gamecock.'
HOME IMPROVEMENT AGENCY LANDS AWARD.........
Herefordshire Council agency which carries out adaptations
and repairs that allow people to remain independent in their
own home has been awarded the National Home Improvement
Agency Quality Mark. The agency, also known as You at Home,
is one of the first in the country to undertake and be accredited
in all modules of the new award and was complimented on
the extensive range of services and the high level of satisfaction
reported by its customers.
surveyors and caseworkers were praised for the support they
offer to clients from the initial assessment of their needs,
to the identification of funding options, referring to other
agencies such as the Pensions Service and liaising with
contractors and other health professionals,' said Denise
Bradley Lloyd, Private Sector Housing Manager. 'The
team was also praised for its good working relationships
with health and social care professionals such as Occupational
Therapists, and its demonstration of awareness of preventative
Weller, who contacted the agency on behalf of her brother
said, 'The You at Home service is crucial to vulnerable
people and enables them to live independently, saving money
in the long term. It's an amazingly good service for elderly
people who can't do small jobs themselves and a life saver
to relatives like me who live a long way away.'
agency Handyperson service has also gained Trust Mark Accreditation,
which is an initiative between government, consumer groups
and industry designed to protect consumers from rogue trades
people and help people find reputable firms to do repair,
maintenance and improvement work inside and outside the
home. The Handyperson service carries out small adaptations
such as ramps, half steps, hand rails, home safety and security
work, and a wide range of small repairs that contribute
to people remaining independent when they are unable to
carry repairs or to ensure they can return home from hospital.
Agency is able to offer a benefit check, ensuring that service
users are aware of the benefits they are entitled to and
assisting them with claims.
COUNCIL PLANS TO FREEZE COUNCIL TAX...........
Council is to freeze council tax, cut management costs and
slash red tape but will safeguard most front line services,
despite unprecedented cuts to the government financial settlement
for local authorities.
week, the cabinet approved a new financial strategy designed
to save £10.3 million in the coming financial year and £5.8
million in the following year. It means 250 jobs, including
over 30 management posts, will go across the council over
the next two years, reflecting the massive reduction in
the public sector workforce seen across the UK. The council
will also save money by sharing several corporate functions
with the primary care trust and the county hospital. The
council aims to protect the services depended on by the
most vulnerable in the community and the budget includes
an extra £3.5 million for adult social care, including £2.4
million transferred from NHS Herefordshire.
cut in government funding affects concessionary bus fares
but the cabinet agreed to use some of its financial reserves
to retain free travel for bus pass holders, although free
travel will no longer be available during the weekday morning
commuter period before 9.30am. Carers travelling with disabled
people will be able to continue to travel for free during
the free period.
changes are expected to come into operation in March this
year. However, government's cutting of the bus operators'
subsidy by 20 per cent means the council will need to work
hard to protect services to rural and remote areas, and
aims to consult communities over the spring and summer.
The budget also means that unlike many other areas of the
country, Herefordshire will hold on to its existing libraries
but the mobile library service is undergoing a review.
of the council, councillor Roger Phillips said, 'Our strategy
is to cut the cost of services, rather than the services
themselves. We have an unprecedented level of government
cuts that we have to absorb but we are doing everything
we can to minimize the impact on those front line services
that are valued across the county.
Council has been planning its response to reduced government
funding for some time and is already well advanced in redesigning
its structure and services. The council will be a smaller
but more efficient organization in two years time, whilst
retaining its focus on ensuring that essential services
are delivered for the people of Herefordshire.'
WITNESS TO ASSAULT ASKED TO COME FORWARD.......
are appealing for an important witness to an assault which
took place in Hereford to come forward.
7.50am on Tuesday, 4th January, a woman driving along Attwood
Lane stopped at the junction with Roman Road when she was
approached by a man. He appeared drunk and was agitated,
and he attempted to speak to her. She tried to drive off
but was unable to because of traffic. The man picked up
a two foot long wooden stake that was lying nearby and hit
the roof of her car. The woman's window was ajar and he
shoved the stake through the window, hitting her arm twice
as she defended herself. The man then walked to rear of
the car and continued to hit it with the stake before walking
off towards Centurion Way. At this point a man driving a
Land Rover stopped and asked the woman if she was alright.
Jackie White of Hereford Police Station said, 'The lady
was not inured in this disturbing incident, but was left
quite distressed. It is important for our investigation
to trace the man driving the Land Rover. He left the scene
without leaving his details and hasn't contact the police.
We have tried to find him as part of our inquiries, but
without luck so we are appealing for him to come forward.
would also like to appeal to anyone else who witnessed this
incident to come forward. This was the first day back to
work after the New Year break and quite a few commuters
would have passed the incident as they drove along Roman
Road and Attwood Lane.'
with information is asked to contact PC White via the West
Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000. You can
also pass on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers
number, 0800 555 111.